LOWRIDER ‘Refractions’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

Swedish stoner rockers Lowrider have returned from purgatory (once again) to deliver us a brand spanking new LP, Refractions, This is just their second full length release, despite the (sporadic) longevity of the band, with the first LP being Ode To Io released back in 2000.

I first crossed paths with Lowrider via the split release they did with Nebula, and with such a solid showing on that record, I’ve often wondered why and how they managed such a disappearing act, but hey, rock’n’roll. Thank fuck it ain’t an exact science!!

The band give it their all with this release, huge drums, guitars feeding back and fuzzy, and a cool collection of tunes all played like it’s the end of the universe. Continue reading

DEVIL TO PAY ‘Forever, Never or Whenever’ Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

Devil To Pay are one of those bands who just keep on giving. There’s been a few over the years who just keep rolling out quality rock’n’roll, maybe not with clockwork repetition but frequently enough to keep on my radar. Bands like Throttlerod, The Glasspack, Fu Manchu who all burn with a fiery, passionate heart, and lay down gut-bucket rock that can transcend time itself it would seem. And Devil To Pay are about to unleash album #6, Forever, Never Or Whenever, the next in a long line dating back to 2003’s debut, Thirty Pieces Of Silver.

Meaty riffs, and rasping blues rock vocals, injected with a heavy dose of melody have long been a key selling point for me when it comes to Devil To pay, and this new release is no different. Continue reading

CHERRY BAR – Farewell AC/DC Lane Street Party. Melbourne. 30-03-2019.

Words Mark Ireland.
Photos Stephen Boxshall.

For the past nineteen years Cherry Bar has been a huge part of not only my personal rock’n’roll life, but also of Melbourne’s. Any visitors who come to Melbourne who like live music, the one answer you give them is simply Cherry Bar.

What made this simple hole in the wall bar such a special place for music lovers, this can’t be told in one sentence, because it means so much to different people for many different reasons. For aspiring bands, it was a place to cut your teeth and get a chance to play on a legendary stage, it was intimate. There was no barrier between the bands and the stage, and it wouldn’t take much to fill. For touring musicians, it would be a place to kick back after a gig and maybe jump on the decks and turn the crowd on. Continue reading

MEATHOOK Self-titled Debut EP Review.

Words Anthony Moore.

It’s always hard when someone you know asks you to review their band. It could be awesome… but what if it just isn’t your thing? or even worse, what if it’s shit?  So when Andy Simpson of the legendary Don Fernando sent me a message and asked if I could listen to his new project Meathook, I thought I would do the usual thing of sending it on to someone else, but then I clicked on play…

So all you Tool fans who have been waiting 612 years for a new release, ‘The Beginning’ kicks off with an intro that would slot perfectly into Undertow, with riffs straight from the Blues For The Red Sun mixing desk, and a solo that goes on for miles; the song steamrolls across the great expanse covering everything from hard edged stoner to doom and all in between. There are no lyrics, no words, just like this review, nothing could truly describe the sound of this track, except that ‘The Beginning’ is the perfect introduction to Meathook, which will string you up by your ears and make them bleed for more. Continue reading

GEEZER Self-titled Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

At first glance, Geezer made me think of Fu Manchu minus the pop sensibilities a lot of Fu stuff has. A few spins later, and I’m still vaguely reminded of Fu, but there’s a whole cauldron of other sounds bubbling away here as well. But more on that later.

Geezer come from Kingston NY, and formed around an obvious love of Sabbath and all other things imbued with stoner goodness. This trio has a cool take on riff-rock, and the debut LP has plenty of great moments.

They break the ice with ‘Sunday Speed Demon’ and ‘One Leg Up’, foot to the floor rock tunes with gravel rash vocals, a neat rhythm pummel and some savage guitar playing too. Continue reading

2016 TOP 10 RELEASES! Desert Highways staff + special guests from Orange Goblin, Monolord, Pagan / Little Lamb & The Rosemary’s!!

Words Anthony Moore.

There were some amazing releases that come out in 2016, and as with every year, I start out with the best of intentions keeping a list of my favourites as they hit, only to let it fall by the wayside by about March. Yeah I know, it doesn’t last long! So undoubtedly I will forgot lots of great releases from 2016. There’s been the talked about releases like Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self Destruct (which for me has been quite a disappointment, some moments of clarity and power but as whole, it wasn’t the driving force I was hoping for), then there’s been some that have come out of left field that have really thrown me for six and impressed me quite a lot, like Electric Magus Olympus Noms, which is Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf) latest offering through Wild Animals Records. Like with John Frusciante’s solo albums, some sound quite unique and very different to his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is an awesome thing these days!) yet his style and soul still comes through in various ways. Electric Magus is like this for Sanchez compared to his ‘usual’ guitar driven work. It’s totally different yet still somehow connects with me for the same reasons.

I still listen to loads of releases from all around the world, but more and more as time goes on I find myself mainly listening to local bands. Possibly for a few reasons, I like to support local muso’s and friends, it’s possible to see them more live which in turn gets us more stoked on listening back to a band later, and maybe most importantly, there are just so many fuckin incredible bands in Melbourne and throughout Australia that there’s not enough time to sometimes reach out further. Continue reading